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Tickets now available for November production of Oklahoma!

November 21-23, L.J. Williams Theater, Visalia

This month, the Theatre Company will perform four public performances of the classic American musical, Oklahoma!. Students have been working this semester to prepare their production of the high-spirited musical, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, debuting on Broadway in March 1943.

The Theatre Company will perform Oklahoma! November 21, 22 and 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the L.J. Williams Theater in downtown Visalia. A 2:00 p.m. matinee will also be offered on Saturday, November 23. Tickets are now available at two Visalia locations: Tulare County Office of Education, 2637 W. Burrel Ave.; and Educational Resource Services, 7000 Doe Ave., Suite A. General admission tickets are $10 per person. Tickets will also be available at the theater box office prior to each performance.

Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. Tiger Ricks, a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center, will play Curly. Kaley McConnaughey, a freshman at Redwood High School, will play Laurey.

"The original Broadway production of Oklahoma! solidified musical theatre as a permanent art form," says Brian Roberts, Theatre Company director. "The show has been loved by audiences everywhere ever since. The Theatre Company is delighted to celebrate the 70-year tradition of Oklahoma! with our own energetic production featuring an amazing group of Tulare County students." Popular songs from the musical include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Kansas City," "People Will Say we're in Love," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," and "Oklahoma!" The original Broadway production ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation.

Oklahoma! Primary Cast Members
Curly McLain played by Tiger Ricks, a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center
Laurey Williams played by Kaley McConnaughey, a freshman at Redwood High School
Aunt Eller played by Julia Galvan, an 8th-grader at Live Oak Middle School
Will Parker played by Owen Webb, a freshman at Redwood High School
Ado Annie played by Hayley Nelson, a freshman at Redwood High School
Ali Hakim played by Javier Camacho, a freshman at Redwood High School
Jud Fry played by Cameron Haley, a junior at Visalia Technical Education Center
Andrew Carnes played by Alex Werner, a sophomore at Redwood High School

For more information on the Theatre Company's production of Oklahoma!, call (559) 651-1482.

Photo above:
~ Oklahoma! stars Kaley McConnaughey as Laurey. Kaley is a freshman at Redwood High School. Tiger Ricks is playing Curly. He is a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center.